The way the trees are constructed for the Evolutionary Saddle gives the rider a narrower seat which helps prevent hip and knee pain, while also providing a close feel to the horse.
The bars of this saddle are very thin allowing the rider’s thighs to get closer to the mule or horse.
The trees are thin and functional when made to our specifications, being solid wood reinforced with layers of Kevlar coated with DRUAhideTM.
This allows the trees to be made thin and much lighter in weight than traditional trees without compromising the strength needed even when used for heavy roping.
This is why these saddle trees can carry a 10-year warranty. The saddle trees are anatomically designed to the rider’s seat they require minimal padding.
But if desired, they are available with nearly two inches of extra padding stitched to a correct pattern for incredible comfort during long hours on the trail.
The unique way of mounting the rigging removes bulk from under the rider’s leg, which again, keeps knees from becoming strained and hurting.
The stirrup leathers are generally narrower than found on traditional saddles and are mounted on the tree in such a way as to allow them to twist and move easily, which also prevents knee, hip and ankle strain.
Our saddle models that use traditional one-inch leathers are designed so these leathers can be positioned forward, center and rear to give the rider additional leg positions – a feature not found on other saddles.
You can choose stirrups that have a special pad that absorbs concussion and reduces aching feet.
All of these features, plus the spring panels that absorb concussion provide much greater comfort for the rider – as confirmed by 20+ years of feedback.
Many people who have arthritis in the back, hips and knees say they can ride much farther and longer in these saddles than in traditional saddles.
Heavy weight riders see benefits in all areas due to expanded weight bearing surface area on the horses back, as the panels are sized in proportion to the seat of the saddle. Providing for a comfortable transfer of rider weight to the horse’s back.
This shock absorption is the icing on the cake for the horse and we all are pleasantly surprised that this jarring concussion to the rider is reduced as well.